When I made my documentary, Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead, that title was not some clever, witty statement. It literally described my life. Let me break that down for you:
FAT. I tipped the scales at over 300 pounds. I wore a size 44 jeans and very rarely ever tucked in my shirt (only if I was wearing a jacket —you learn these tips when you're a big man). SICK. Thanks to an autoimmune disease that no doctor could trace to a root cause, I had taken copious prescription medication (including the powerful steroid Prednisone) for eight years, night and day. I'd swell up and break out into hives on any part of my body that was subject to pressure, from a hand shake or sitting on a chair to lying in a bed. Anything and all pressure caused red blotches and swelling in the joints with untold pain, and even gravity was my enemy. Normal things like carrying a shopping bag, holding a baby, having sex, and walking long distances —all could have a huge impact. Thanks to the fact that I'd turned by body into a walking time bomb, I felt as if I were NEARLY DEAD.
In desperation, I committed myself to a Reboot: eating only food that was grown on trees or dug out of the ground, foods made by the sun, water and the earth. Because I'm an impatient man, I wanted quick results, so I decided to only drink these foods for the first 60 days. Not blend, juice. (For a 60-day commitment to juicing, I needed a doctor's supervision.) That 60-day journey transformed my life. I lost the weight and tossed the pills and discovered a passion for plant-powered health and wellness. One of the greatest things about sharing my story has been watching it inspire others. We reckon that nearly 93 million glasses of fresh juice have been consumed by viewers of the film, 6 million pounds lost, and 55,000 people are now medication-free!